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Shag Point Nature Reserve

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Hampden-Palmerston Road, Palmerston, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were told that you 100% can see fur seal right here and it is true!! Spent about an hour to see the fur seals sleep and tanning~ They are super cute and lovely to watch them sleep.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed January 30, 2019

A great place to quietly watch Fur Seals, We had a quiet lunch at a picnic table. There are also portable potties.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Hester J
Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

So many seals on the rocks. There are two viewing platforms. It only takes a few minutes to walk from the car park. The seals are playing in the water and basking on the rocks.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

From what we hear, we were very lucky to be completely alone at each stop in the preserve. Apparently during the summer, there are even tour buses. But the Pacific on a sunny cold spring morning could not have been more beautiful. Like other reviewers...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Gary S
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Found as recommended in a travel book and my husband is a bird watcher. Not too well signposted and a very narrow track which you think goes nowhere as past some private dwellings , keep going and you'll reach a car park . Wow ,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

Approx 9km north of Palmerston then turn right, off from SH1 following a local road toward the sea, then you find the Lookout, and if continued at the end there is seal colony. Much less tourists, compared than much more famous Moeraki Boulders at the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

Great views and good place to spy some seals, and also some penguins. One of our fave places and much more dun than the boulders down the road.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Dr_Rebecca_P
Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

Oh...it's not what you think :) Read about this place and decided to check it out enroute from Palmerstone to Moeraki. Luck was on our side as we caught sight of a few seals which were sleeping except for one which was oblivious to our...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank lingwongsl
Reviewed April 26, 2018

We went to Shag Point looking for seals and penguins. Unfortunately there were no penguins to be found but there were a couple of seals lying on the beach

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 155richard81
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

Someone mentioned we might get to see a seal at stag point so we took the detour to see. Sure enough a lovely one sunning itself by the side of the walkway. Great experience for the children

Date of experience: April 2018
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